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#1 Nautical_Twilight

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 20:46

Hi all. I'm just getting into fountain pens, though I've always had a latent interest in them. The interest got re-kindled, crazily enough, after the sudden passing of my mother last December. Like many people her age, she kept everything she ever owned and I found tons of letters between her and my grandparents, my grandmother's journal, even a letter from my great grandfather to a great uncle, most written with a fountain pen. Being able to read those letters was like travelling back in time (in a way) that I don't believe carries over in the age of social media and clickbait. Because of this, and some prodding from a business associate, I got into this hobby with some earnestness.

 

I already had a few fountain pens, based on a liking without any real understanding: a Pilot Metro, a Schrade "tactical" pen, and a small Montblanc that I purchased when I got my first serious office job because ~~business~~.  

 

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The Montblanc writes well, but it is too small for my hands for any extended sessions. For $20, the Pilot Metro is a great pen and I'm enjoying it quite a bit. The Schrade I use less, mostly because it only takes cartridges. But it is smooth. As with anything I get into, I read (and now watch Youtube) voraciously on a subject, learning as much as I can. I saw some really good reviews on this site and decided to register, introduce myself, etc.

 

Later this week, I'm going to be visiting the Fountain Pen Hospital to try out a bunch of pens, and hopefully leave with one. 

 

Off-topic, I got a warning for trying to post a link to my imgur account. Is Imgur not allowed here?



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Posted 05 March 2018 - 20:50

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#3 Chrissy

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 21:20

Hello and welcome to FPN.  :W2FPN:



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Posted 05 March 2018 - 21:20

Welcome! You will find lots of great information here and many suggestions to expand your collection.
Cheers,
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#5 Drawing61

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Posted 06 March 2018 - 00:34

Welcome! Very glad you are here.


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#6 DaveT

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Posted 06 March 2018 - 01:04

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Posted 06 March 2018 - 03:07

Hello and Welcome to FPN!! Glad to have you as a member!!


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#8 northstar

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Posted 06 March 2018 - 04:14

Hello and welcome to FPN.


<p style="text-align:center;">《Recite, and your Lord is the most Generous ⊙ Who taught by the pen ⊙</p><p style="text-align:center;">Taught man that which he knew not》 (96/3-5)<div style="text-align: center"><img src="http://s5.postimg.or...so3/letter.png" alt="Snail Mail" class="center"></div>

#9 OCArt

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Posted 06 March 2018 - 06:30

Welcome to our little corner of the universe from a pen user in San Diego. 



#10 mitto

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Posted 06 March 2018 - 08:29

Greetings and welcome to FPN.
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#11 Henricum_Tropen

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Posted 06 March 2018 - 09:44

Hello and welcome to FPN, from Cape Town, South Africa.


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#12 Herrjaeger

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Posted 06 March 2018 - 14:20

Welcome aboard, from Charleston, SC. I’m not sure about the Imgur issue. As you are a newbie, you might look at the Reference Pages on a website called Richard's Pens: it has a wealth of info about the basics of fountain pens, their use and care, and it will help you avoid making some mistakes. A couple of other websites with useful information for newbies include PenChalet, Jetpens and the Goulet Pen Company. Goulet has made quite a few videos available on their website and on YouTube, which are helpful with some procedures related to FP use. There is a series of posts here, called A Newbies Guide to Inks, which is worth reviewing (you’ll find it as the first pinned topic under the Inky Thoughts Subforum). Bear in mind that how your writing appears on the page is a complex interplay of pen, paper, nib, ink, and handwriting, so be patient as you experiment with these variables. Enjoy, and good luck.
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#13 Nautical_Twilight

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Posted 06 March 2018 - 15:58

Thanks all for the kind welcome. It's awesome to see people around the world sharing the same interests. Also, thank you to Mr. Hunter for the newbie ink reference.



#14 Sasha Royale

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Posted 06 March 2018 - 17:35

Welcome !

 

I once bought an old "writing slope" (learned that term here) full of letters from 1920 - 1930.

Old letters are like social media and time travel.  Did any of the heirloom fountain pens survive ?

 

My mother also passed last January.  My brothers and I  have countless great memories to keep her with us.     " To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die."  

 

Write with joy.


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#15 MalcolmH

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Posted 06 March 2018 - 19:15

Hi  :W2FPN:

 

Good pen hunting at the FPH. Let us know how you get on.



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Posted 06 March 2018 - 23:18

:W2FPN:

 

Strange about Imgur, that´s what I use.



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Posted 07 March 2018 - 13:06

Welcome from Ohio!

 

They place limits on your account until you have a few posts so that they can better understand that you are for real and not a spammer or similar I suppose. I was not able to add a photo to my profile until I had a certain number of posts (50 maybe....) so it is probably the same for posting a link using imgur. So, I would try again as you increase levels by posting more. 



#18 tbickiii

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 14:24

Hello and welcome from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Enjoy your time here 


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